Music & Worship

The Lutheran tradition has always placed great importance in singing praise to the glory of God. Wherever and whenever Christians gather, they sing songs of praise, songs of confidence and faith, songs of confession and contrition, songs of exile and rebirth, and songs of sin and salvation. The gift of song in the Lutheran church serves as a means by which the Christian proclaims thanksgiving for the victory and salvation from sin won through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 

"Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. The gift of language combined with the gift of song was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music."
― Martin Luther

Choirs and instrumentalists in the Lutheran church serve to help and support the gathered congregation, assisting and enriching the entire worship setting. Our Savior offers opportunities for all ages to participate and assist in leading worship.

Worship FAQ's

When do in-person services take place?

In-person indoor worship takes place every Sunday at 9:00 am. 

Who can attend in-person worship services? 

Anyone who is not showing known symptoms of COVID-19 is welcome to attend. We encourage people who might be more vulnerable to the virus to make prayerful and wise decisions about what is best for their personal health. That applies to those 65 and older and those with underlying health issues.

Do I need to register in order to attend? 

Not anymore. According to state regulations, registration for contact-tracing purposes is no longer required. We will continue with temperature checks, and ask that if you are sick, exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, or have family members who are ill, that you refrain from joining us. Please remember to use face coverings, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer, and practice physical distancing.

Are children welcome?

Yes! Children are encouraged to worship with their families!  As with all who attend worship, children should not be showing known symptoms of COVID-19. No childcare or children’s programming will be provided. Children must sit with a parent or guardian.

Social Distancing - How will seating be managed in the worship services?

While our sanctuary has more than enough room, seating capacity is reduced based on Alameda County guidelines, Our Savior is ensuring that proper distancing is maintained during all worship services. Designated seating areas for use will be clearly marked on each pew to allow adequate social distancing space.   

Will there be specific entrance and exit plans to maintain social distancing? 

Yes! We ask that you enter through the center doors through the courtyard and then exit following the conclusion of the service through the side doors nearest where you were seated for the service.

Is Our Savior following CDC and Health Department regulations and guidelines?

Yes. COVID-19 is still impacting our community, and your safety and health are important to us.  Keep in mind that any movement outside of your home does carry with it certain risks, especially where large numbers of people are gathered.  All worship venues are sanitized before and after services and restrooms are cleaned after every use.  Hand sanitizer is available for all worshipers.  And as always, individuals feeling under the weather or are considered “high-risk” are encouraged to worship with us online.

Are masks required?

Yes, please wear a mask while on the Our Savior campus. Current guidelines require this.  All volunteers and staff members will be required to wear masks.

Is hand sanitizer provided? 

Yes, hand sanitizer is in various locations on our campus. Attendees are encouraged to use it. You may also provide your own.

Are worship services still offered online? 

Yes, worship services continue to be offered online each week on YouTube

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Will there be communion?

We will be offering communion as a part of our services allowing for appropriate social distancing. We will provide gluten-free and non-alcoholic options as we have traditionally done. Individuals desiring gluten-free or non-alcoholic pre-packaged options can receive both together.

Will there be singing?

As of Sunday, May 16, we are again able to sing as a part of worship. Per state and county guidelines we are again able to sing as a part of our worship together. 

Choirs

Our Savior Choir
Our Savior Choir helps to lead the congregation in meaningful worship.  They assist in worship two to three times a month and on all major festival services.  Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the choir room.  High school through adults are invited to join.  Music repertoire is varied to include all styles.  One of the highlights of the choir season is the annual Christmas Concert in December. Sign up using the form below. 
Children's Choirs

Our Savior Choristers, for students in 1st and 2nd grades, rehearse in the choir room on Tuesdays from 3:15 – 4:00 PM.  Our Savior Choristers participate in chapels, selected church services, and special concert events.  Sign up using the form below. 

Joyful Noise choir, for students in grades 3 - 5, rehearses in the choir room on Wednesdays from 3:15 – 4:00 PM.  Joyful Noise participates in chapels, selected church services, and special concert events. Sign up using the form below. 
 
Middle School handbell ensembles meet during school hours.  Days and times change per academic year.  Ensembles participate in chapels, the school Advent service, and at the end of the year school music concert.  Sign up using the form below. 

Women's Ensemble

Our Savior's Women's Ensemble is a dedicated group of women who love to sing praises to the Lord.  They rehearse in the choir room on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 – 10:00 am.  They sing approximately once a month, at the Christmas Concert, and the 7:00 pm Christmas Eve service. Sign up using the form below. 

Music Groups

Our Savior Ringers

Our Savior Ringers is the adult handbell choir at Our Savior.  They meet weekly on Mondays from 7:00 to 8:00 PM in the sanctuary.  They participate in worship approximately once a month and on major Festivals (Reformation, Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost).  Our Savior has 5 octaves of bells and there are currently several positions available (both large and small bells!) for anybody interested in learning to ring praises to God. Sign up using the form below. 

Brass Ensemble and Percussion

The Brass Ensemble rehearses on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.  Times vary according to work schedules.  The Brass Ensemble participates in Festival Services, (Reformation, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Pentecost) and concerts (Christmas and Spring Fling).  If you play a brass instrument and/or timpani and would like to offer your praises to God with special instrumental music sign up using the form below. 

Vocal and Instrumental Worship Leaders
Cantors are an integral part of many worship services at Our Savior.  Cantors assist with portions of the liturgy and help lead and teach congregational songs.  Instrumentalists assist in leading hymns and songs in addition to offering selections of special music.  Instrumentalists have included acoustic guitars, bass, piano, flute, violin, and cello.  Contact the music office for more information or if interested in assisting with vocal and instrumental worship leadership.  Sign up using the form below. 

Organ

The Martin Ott Pipe Organ Company in St. Louis, Missouri, was commissioned in 1983 by Grace Lutheran Church in Aurora, Illinois, to build a mechanical action organ. Martin Ott, a German organ builder, designed Opus 30 to support and lead the congregation in their worship.  This downtown Chicago church re-formed itself as Parroquia Luterana San Francisco de Asis, and the organ was no longer needed for their contemporary worship service style.  Consequently, they offered the organ for sale.

Our Savior Lutheran discovered the organ's availability.  It was purchased in June of 2003 and was brought to Livermore.  A year later, when the new sanctuary was completed, Opus 30was reassembled in its current home.  The playing action of the organ is completely mechanical; the instrument uses levers and trackers to control the sound of the pipes.  Opus 30 has 966 pipes, set in 20 ranks and controlled by 17 stops, principally designed for the Lutheran liturgy, congregational singing, and choral accompaniment.

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